Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 14h00 - 15h00 GMT
    News bulletin 12/13 14h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h00 - 15h00 GMT
    News bulletin 12/12 14h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h00 - 15h00 GMT
    News bulletin 12/11 14h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Sports

French handball star Karabatic found guilty of match-fixing

media French handball player Nikola Karabatic AFP Photo/ Pascal Guyot

The 31-year-old star player Nikola Karabatic has been found guilty in a betting scandal during a French championship handball match in May 2012. He was fined 10,000 euros for his part in fixing a match that attracted 103 euros in bets.

 Karabatic was found guilty of fraud over his role in a match-fixing scandal on Friday.

The court in Montpellier asked him to pay a fine of 10,000 euros.

None of the 16 people, including seven players, indicted in the case were given jail time.

The prosecution had demanded a three-month suspension prison sentence and a larger fine of 30,000 euros against Karabatic over a match that was deemed to have been rigged.

For the court the players involved in the scandal betted - or asked friends to bet - on the mid-term match between Montpellier and Cesson in May 2012, during which they were deemed to have deliberately lost.

Montpellier lost 31-28 to Cesson, having already won the French title.

The game attracted bets of 103,000 euros - off the charts for a sport that usually attracts just a few thousands euros.

The Serbian-born star player has always denied having taken any part in the bets.

One of his lawyers, Michaël Corbier, said the defendants would appeal against the judgement.

Other players were fined between 1,500 and 30,000 euros - the former given to Nikola Karabatic’s brother Luka and the latter given to Mladen Bojinovic.

Players will have to pay compensations to La Française des jeux - the body which oversees the national lotteries and betting - which detected the unusual amount of bets placed during the rigged game.

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.